A virtual executive assistant is an administrative professional who supports c-level executives or senior business leaders within an organisation or in their personal business. At senior levels, the return in investment from a skilled assistant can be significant.

A virtual executive assistant can ensure you are fully prepared for all your meetings, that meetings begin on time and that all relevant material is circulated in advance. She/ he will optimise your travel schedules and filter all the distractions that can turn a leader into a reactive type. An assistant on top of her/ his game is essential to being productive.

Two important factors determine how well a leader utilises an assistant. The first is the leader’s willingness to delegate and the second is the assistant’s willingness to go outside her/ his comfort zone and take on extra responsibilities.

Hiring the right assistant can be a challenge. Personal chemistry and dynamic are as important as the assistant’s skills and experience. Expert assistants have high levels of emotional intelligence. An experienced assistant quickly learns what an executive’s needs and what makes them tick.

A virtual executive assistant role has, over the years, become increasingly complex due to the importance of technology and globalisation of business. At a small company, a virtual executive assistant must be able to wear many different hats and perform multiple functions. At larger companies, the senior executive assistant often supervises a team of assistants who work shifts to provide 24/7 coverage for a senior leader. This type of position requires high levels of confidentiality, discretion and mature judgment to be successful. Further, accuracy, attention to detail and organizational skills must be natural talents.

Final thoughts…

Companies can boost productivity by arming their leaders with good fit assistants. Executive assistant relationships are like business partnerships.

Almost all companies, especially small and medium-sized businesses, will at some point need reliable support, virtual executive assistants can help businesses grow while keeping the costs in check. Virtual assistants are just-in-time on-demand resources, which you should try.

We, at Global Virtual Partners, are passionate about helping busy executives and businesses achieve their personal and professional goals. Our clients benefit from a team of virtual assistants. The team is small enough to remain intimate and personal, but large enough to ensure that each client request is completed by a person uniquely qualified for the task. If you would like to find out more about our services, please contact us here.